A Stunned Tebow Not Speaking In Cleveland

Tebow taking a pass on the GOP Convention

JACKSONVILLE – News reports that Tim Tebow would be among the featured speakers at the upcoming Republican National Convention surprised some people — including Tebow himself. The presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump had said he wanted sports stars at the convention and Tebow fit the bill.

The University of Florida’s 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday night denying he had agreed to speak at the convention, which will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland. He had just returned to his Jacksonville home only to find out that he was on the GOP Convention speakers roster.

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“I just got back from the Philippines and I wake up this morning to find that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention,” Tebow said “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly and that’s exactly what it is — a rumor.”

Tebow was quick to stop the rumor once he was aware of what happened “My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s in the political realm, that’s what I’ll do. But right now, I really believe that’s through my foundation and our amazing partners in fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves.”

The Trump campaign had invited Tebow to speak, according to a person directly involved in the planning and invitation process. However, no one informed the former Gator star who was traveling at the time of the invitation.

The New York Times and others reported that he was on a list of speakers the campaign had settled on.

But like other sports stars whom Donald Trump said he would like to have appear at the convention — Tom Brady and Serena Williams, for example —  Tebow is out.

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Tebow would have been an attractive choice but for now being involved with politics is something he is not planning on doing. He made a display of religiosity during his football career, giving him celebrity status among many Republicans.

And he has made his socially conservative views known, once appearing in an anti-abortion ad for Focus on the Family. But for now he is taking a pass on speaking at any political party’s convention including the one starting Monday in Cleveland.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.